I asked on Facebook yesterday what today’s topic should be and WIPs have it. Because I know that if you’ve just finished a book, you may not have one, I won’t limit it to unfinished works. So post the first 300 words of you WIP or a book you just finished.
Here’s mine from my WIP, who’s working title is Lady Mary (that will change.) I’ve really missed writing the story as all the marketing for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe has taken priority during the past couple of weeks.
August, 1816, near Market Harborough, England
Even though they were experiencing one of their few warm days this summer, a log crackled in the fireplace of the dower house’s elegant first floor morning room. Lady Mary Tolliver stared at her grandmother, the Dowager Countess of Barham. Her thick silver hair was fashionable dressed, and even at more than seventy years, her face held few lines. Her gaze seemed as sharp as ever. In all, she looked the picture of health, excerpt for the burst of incipient insanity, for that was all it could be.
Mary opened her mouth, then closed it again. Several moments passed in silence as she struggled make sense of what she thought she’d heard. Finally she said, “Surely, I have not understood you properly. You want me to do what?”
“Well I think it’s a wonderful idea.”
Mary shifted her gaze to her widowed aunt, Lady Eunice Phipson. Perhaps madness had always run in the family, and it was kept a secret so as not to ruin the family socially. After all, who would deliberately marry into a family where lunacy was rampant?
“He has a face like a fish.” Aunt Eunice opened her eyes wide and moved her lips in a fair imitation of fish’s.
“Hake.” Grandmamma nodded decisively. “It’s the way his eyes protrude.”
Mary closed her eyes, repressing a shudder. “I agree, but there must be less drastic measures I can take.”
Grandmamma leaned forward and pounded her cane on the floor. “He may look like a fool, my girl, but he’s canny, and, if what Cook told me is true, which I have no doubt it is, he almost caught you yesterday.”
Come on, be brave. Let’s see yours.